Energy conservation law to be introduced in 2019

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 19, 2018.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The government hopes to come out with a legislation on energy efficiency conservation next year, said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

“We are going to introduce the energy efficiency conservation bill for discussions by mid-next year with members of parliament and hopefully to get it on the table as soon as possible,” Yeo said.

Speaking to reporters after officiating at the 22nd Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry (Cepsi), Yeo said Putrajaya will also announce the Electricity Energy Action Plan in the middle of next month.

She, however, declined to give details on the energy efficiency conservation bill and Electricity Energy Action Plan.

Yeo added that her ministry will announce a new electricity subsidy scheme next month for the hardcore poor of about 179,000 people listed in the e-Kasih database. “All this will not be done without considering the people at the bottom of the pyramid,” she said, adding details of the new scheme would be announced after a thorough review.

E-Kasih is a database system on needy families established at the national level to support the planning, implementation and monitoring of the poverty programme.

According to MyGovernment, the government’s official gateway portal, the target groups under the Urban Poverty Eradication Programme are the bottom 40% (B40) households earning less than RM3,860 per month.

“A [hardcore poor] household is whose monthly household income is below RM580, with per capita income below RM140, while a [poor] household is one with a monthly household income below RM940, with per capita income below RM240.

“A [vulnerable poor] household is one with an income above the poverty line or threshold below RM1,500 for urban areas,” it said. Cepsi2018, organised by Tenaga Nasional Bhd, is the largest energy and electricity supply industry conference. The event, from Monday to Saturday, is attended by delegates from over 30 countries.